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- I am good.
- I am well.
- I feel good.
- I feel well.
- I am feeling well.
- I am feeling good.
- I am doing good.
- I am doing well.
A former English teacher told me #1 is improper English and to use #2. Is this true and why so?
I Google searched this issue and found this article. The author clames both I am good and I am well are proper English, though I don't follow the argument.
The nitpickers will tell you that "well" is an adverb (and therefore modifies verbs) and that "good" is an adjective (and therefore modifies nouns), but the situation isn't that simple.
To me this statement is empty. So what if "well" is an adverb and "good" is an adjective? What grammar rule is being contradicted if this were true?
I have heard the argument that #5 and #6 are referring to the capacity to experience the sensation of touch. What I don't understand is how #3 and #4 can't be interpreted in the same way?
Does it make a difference if the asked question is "how have you been?" versus "how are you?"?